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FLOWER, an invitational exhibition, curated by Blue Gallery owner Kelly Kuhn, exhibits work by a selection of regional and national contemporary artists working with variations on a single theme … how flowers find their way into every iteration of art.
Like the titular subject, FLOWER finds beauty in unexpected crevasses, mediums, and canvases. The selected group of artists explore this famous subject in challenging contemporary ways, pushing the boundaries of floral representation.
Anna Kincaide’s fashion-inspired oil paintings convey the textured nuances of emotion with costume and hidden expression, leaving us to question whether a disguise hides or reveals who we are. Kincaide discusses this burden to perform in “Lost in Who I Am”, wherein the figure’s expression of contemplation is partly obscured by an imposing floral mask.
Stanley Bielen’s “Wistful” takes a minimal approach. Layered yellow atop thick green strokes conjure up a bouquet without providing any detail. The viewer is confronted with a memory, or a familiar image through a window. “Wistful” is as much about nostalgia as it is about the temperance of the present.
Joe Ramiro Garcia’s “Wanting Rain” evokes street side murals in areas of political conflict. The prominent flower grows tall and crooked, the product of an environment low on resources, yet it still blooms. “Wanting Rain” becomes as much about a flower’s natural growing condition as about hope for enough opportunity in a shifting world.
FLOWER connects the conversations of identity, politics, and remembrance in a dynamic exhibition at Blue Gallery.
Also featuring artists: Heinrich Toh, Ruth Shively, Stephen Dinsmore, Anna Harney, Lisa Lala, Lisa Noonis, Carlos Ramirez, Kelly Porter, William Rainey, Anke Schofield, and Teresa Stanley.